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Auditor Mary Hull Caballero

Promoting open and accountable government

New report outlines trends in Portland’s police accountability system

The Auditor’s Independent Police Review published its 2015 annual report today. It provides an overview of the people and processes involved in Portland’s police accountability system, data trends, and selected summaries to illustrate the types of complaints received last year.

Compared to 2014:

  • Complaints from community members were up;
  • Complaints from Police Bureau employees were down;
  • More complaints were investigated fully, but fewer allegations were sustained
  • Police shootings were up;
  • Investigations were completed more quickly;
  • Independent Police Review dismissed fewer complaints at the intake stage;
  • Independent Police Review investigated more cases itself and referred more cases to the Police Bureau’s Internal Affairs.

African-Americans, Native Americans and those who identify as another race or ethnicity filed higher proportions of complaints than their presence in Portland’s general population. More men than women filed complaints. These demographic results were consistent with historical patterns.

Find a copy of the report here.